TV Ratings Monday: CBS Wins as 'Bones,' 'Smash,' 'The Voice' & 'DWTS' Fall to Lows; 'House' Slips; 'Hawaii Five-0' Edges a Rising 'Castle'

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May 1st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/8 2.9/8 2.6/7 2.0/5 1.5/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 2.4/4 1.5/4 1.7/5 1.6/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.004 8.070 14.353 6.788 3.889 1.181


CBS marked its first Monday win since the season premiere of The Voice as How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly were each up a tenth of an adults 18-49 rating point from their last originals.  Two and a Half Men was down a tenth from its last original but still was the night's highest rated show with adults 18-49 with a 3.7 rating. Hawaii Five-0 slipped a tenth vs. its last original three weeks ago to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating

The Voice fell 8% from last Monday and marked a new series low for a performance show with a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Smash fell 10% to a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Dancing with the Stars dropped 16% to a series low for a performance show with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Castle was up 14% from two weeks ago to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating

On Fox,  Bones fell three tenths from last week to a season low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating and House slipped two tenths to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie were each up a tenth from last week with adults 18-49, with both drawing a 0.6 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 30 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice 3.3/9 9.23
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.2/10 7.89
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.5/7 15.01
FOX Bones 1.9/6 7.01
CW Gossip Girl 0.6/2 1.05
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.5/9 9.14
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 3.7/9 11.25
NBC The Voice 3.6/9 9.58
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.8/7 16.67
FOX House 2.1/5 6.57
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6/1 1.31
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.2/8 10.23
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.5/6 10.76
ABC Castle 2.4/6 11.38
NBC Smash 1.8/5 5.40

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • 1mars

    @Steph hmmm…I might agree to that, I am less excited about the storyline now than I thought I would be, I need less parenthood and more interesting cases, less silliness in the lab. I guess my point was that with so many hiatus for whatever reasons, late start date, baseball, pregnancy, they are lucky to have the loyal fans (like me) that they do.

  • disney rocks

    Final predictions-

    up- H50 (likely), HIMYM (likely), 2BG (maybe), 2.5 men (maybe), the voice (maybe), DWTS (maybe), House (maybe)

    down- Castle (likely), Smash (maybe), Gossip Girl (maybe),

  • livvy

    Half Hours?

  • Vanessa S.

    I don’t see anything wrong with a crossover between H50 and NCIS:LA. Granted I watch both shows, but if I were only a fan of one or the other, I would still watch my normal one and then the special crossover episode of the other, even if I never watch it after that.

  • Max

    Please don’t ruin NCIS Mothership by a stupid crossover. :)

  • tvfreak

    @Vanessa S: You could give my mother a few lessons. She is adamantly refusing to watch the NCIS: LA half of the crossover special EVEN if the H50 half ends with a cliffhanger. I haven’t seen it yet but I imagine it did, so the joke would be on her! :D

  • WB

    glad to see dixie bounce up! it sure would be a miracle if it afjust ip in the finals 0.7!

  • Overdamoon

    @Patrick, Brandy, tvfreak

    Alex (Steve McGarrett) REINJURED his shoulder and had to go on rehab.

    The H50/NCISLA crossover was a decent episode. The writers had to go with what they had since Alex’s absence was unavoidable. It was action-packed and some funny banter though since I don’t usually watch NCISLA, I don’t feel the sympathy for Callen and his long standing feud with the bad guy Dracul and their families.

  • Steph

    @Max I agree. I don’t want a crossover on the original NCIS. It’s fine on its own. We’ve already had too many guest stars this season.

  • kathy

    All the talks about crossover remind me how much I dislike the old movie “Billie the kid meets Vampire”. :D

  • rick

    The public is tiring of these competition shows, live or not.

  • Nick

    Wow a crossover episode didn’t help H50 at all… :-(

  • Tony ^_^

    Uh-oh! If “Smash” gets adjusted down, a 1.7 is far from where it premiered. :o

    Has “Bones” ever fallen below a 2.0? :o I wonder if this week was just a week where it was down… Because FOX is a mess on Mondays…

    “The Voice” is hitting lows (and has finally fallen below 10 million viewers) and next week is the finale!

    Good for CBS! :D

  • The End

    Personally I would expect a Two and a Half Men renewal announcement this month. If I was someone expecting such an announcement.

  • kristen

    JMHO, Fringe is a better show than both House and Bones.

  • Vanessa S.

    @overdamoon: Honestly, that part of the story–the Comescu blood feud–isn’t (IMO) that big a part of NCIS:LA. It’s a bit of a running theme as relates to Callen’s mysterious background, and yes, a couple of episodes have revolved around it, but to me doesn’t define the whole of NCIS:LA. However, I did think it was a clever way to initiate the crossover with H50.

  • FringeFan

    I find it interesting how many viewers Two and Half Men has shed since it’s started this season. It is still doing pretty well considering Charlie Sheen’s departure but it has fallen a lot since it’s first episode.

  • Mari

    I’m glad Castle did great last night, the zombie episode was hilarious.

  • Kyle

    GG’s half hours explain why the show is getting renewed:

    1.12 million viewers, 0.6 A18-49, 1.3 W18-34
    0.98 million viewers, 0.6 A18-49, 1.3 W18-34

  • johnt

    CBS should just let go as Ashton. Just let the kid have a baby boy – then
    it will be true again to its title lol.
    That will make it fresher and keeps viewers interested,
    Ashton storyline has been a big bore anyway.

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